Are you fixed in the way you view the world, your skills and your lot in life or do you have a Growth Mindset? I think we all alternate between the two from time to time. As a leader how could you foster a culture and team with a Growth Mindset?
Annually since 2013 I have surveyed over 200 CEO’s across the USA, Australia and New Zealand to seek feedback on two key questions relating to what they have learnt and what challenges they feel they face over the coming 12 months. As you can imagine it creates a huge amount of information which takes some time to distil down to the key patterns that show up across all the replies. It is also a very interesting document to read because these busy business leaders have taken the time to reflect and answer the questions.
The trend over the last five years has been the impact of constant change, the challenge of developing teams who can perform in change and who have the resilience to perform under pressure. There is much more awareness of the importance of a good culture of engagement and the need for governance, mentors and coaches to stay ahead of the crowd (competitors). I do note that the CEO’s surveyed are leading high performance companies that perform year on year despite market conditions and competitor moves so they are adaptable and already good at execution.
Question 1: What are the three biggest leadership lessons you have learnt in 2017?
Question 2: What are the three biggest challenges you will face as a leader in 2018?
You can see the results of last years survey here.
You can look back over a summary of the last five surveys here.
I thank all those CEO’s who took the time to reflect and provide feedback.